Inse and Curity: Overcoming Fear of the Dark

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The stories age 4+ are deliberately written in language that is understandable for parents. So extra explanation is (intentionally) required while read the bedtime story. This creates more intense parent-child relationship.

Once upon a time, there was a young boy named Inse who was afraid of the dark. Every night, when it was time for bed, he would lay in his bed, shivering and scared, unable to sleep. His sister, Curity, who was three years older, would always try to comfort him and calm him down, but nothing seemed to work.

One evening, after Inse had already gone to bed, Curity heard him crying in his room. She went to check on him and found him trembling under his blanket, his eyes wide open, staring into the dark.

“Hey, Inse,” she said softly, “what’s wrong?”

“I’m scared,” he replied, his voice shaking.

“Scared of what?” Curity asked.

“The dark,” Inse said. “I don’t like it. It’s scary.”

Curity sat down on the edge of Inse’s bed and placed her hand on his shoulder. “You know, Inse, the dark is not scary. It’s just the absence of light. There’s nothing to be afraid of.”

Inse shook his head. “But I can’t help it. I always feel like something is going to get me.”

Curity smiled. “I know, Inse. That’s your voice of insecurity talking. But you don’t have to listen to it. You can use it as inspiration, remember?”

Inse looked at Curity, confused. “What do you mean?”

“Well,” Curity explained, “when you hear that voice in your head telling you that something is going to get you, you can use it as inspiration to find ways to feel safe and secure.”

Inse thought about this for a moment. “How do I do that?”

Curity grinned. “That’s where the voice of security comes in. You have to listen to that voice instead. The voice that tells you that you’re safe and everything is going to be okay.”

Inse looked at Curity, his eyes widening. “I have a voice of security?”

“Of course, you do,” Curity said, patting his hand. “We all do. And you can use it to help you feel safe and secure, even in the dark.”

Inse smiled, feeling a little better. “Okay. How do I do that?”

Curity stood up from the bed and went to the window. “Look outside, Inse. What do you see?”

Inse crawled out of bed and went to the window, peering out into the darkness. “I see the stars,” he said softly.

Curity nodded. “That’s right. The stars. They’re always there, even in the dark. And they’re beautiful, aren’t they?”

Inse smiled, nodding his head. “Yeah, they are.”

“That’s your voice of security talking,” Curity said, turning to face Inse. “The voice that sees the good things in life. The things that make you feel safe and happy.”

Inse looked at Curity, feeling a little more confident. “So, what do I do now?”

“Well,” Curity said, “you can start by imagining that the stars are your friends. They’re always there, watching over you, keeping you safe. And when you feel scared, you can look up at them and remember that you’re not alone.”

Inse nodded, feeling a little better already. “Okay. I’ll try that.”

“Good,” Curity said, tucking Inse back into bed. “And if you ever feel scared again, just remember that the stars are always there, shining bright, just like your voice of security.”

Inse smiled, feeling safe and secure. “Thanks, Curity. You’re the best.”

Security

 

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Curity noticed that Inse was struggling to fall asleep, so she asked him what was wrong. Inse admitted that he was scared of the dark and didn’t like sleeping alone in his room. Curity listened attentively and then suggested that they try a new approach to help him feel safe and secure.

She led him outside to the backyard and pointed up at the stars. “Look at all those stars,” she said. “They’re shining so brightly, and they’re always there. Just like the voice of security in your head. It’s always there to guide you, to help you feel safe and secure.” Inse looked up at the stars in awe, and he felt a little bit better.

They then went back inside, and Curity pulled out a piece of paper and some crayons. She asked Inse to draw a picture of himself feeling safe and secure. Inse drew a picture of himself holding hands with Curity and surrounded by bright stars. As he drew, Curity encouraged him to think about all the things that made him feel safe and secure.

After they finished, Curity taped the picture to Inse’s bedroom wall, where he could see it every night before he went to bed. “Whenever you’re feeling scared, look at this picture and remember that you’re not alone,” she said. “The voice of security is always with you.”

Inse smiled and hugged Curity. “Thank you,” he said. “I feel better now.”

As the days went by, Inse started to feel more and more secure in his room at night. Whenever he felt scared, he would look at the picture on his wall and remember the stars and the voice of security in his head. He started to listen to that voice more often, and it helped him feel more confident and less afraid.

Inse and Curity’s adventure taught them both the importance of listening to their inner voices and finding ways to feel safe and secure. They knew that there would be challenges in the future, but they were confident that they could face them together.

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